Reasons to Consume Vitamin C !!!
Vitamin C is an essential body nutrient. ‘Essential’ because the body cannot produce it on its own, we often have to turn to other means of obtaining the Vitamin. Be it via natural sources like citrus fruits, sweet potatoes, and asparagus, or through Vitamin C supplements, the body needs the nutrient for healthy functioning.
Wondering what makes Vitamin C so special? Here are some of the reasons (and thus benefits) of consuming Vitamin C:
- Builds Immunity
White Blood Cells (WBCs) are an important element of the human immune system. Consumption of Vitamin C encourages the production and function of these WBCs. This means as you the body obtains vitamin C, it begins to produce more lymphocytes and phagocytes. These, in turn, protect the body from infectious diseases, as well as damage from harmful molecules, e.g. free radicals.
- Aids Iron Absorption
Iron’s primary role is to allow carriage of oxygen in the blood throughout the entire body, thus preventing Anaemia, and related medical conditions. In this regard, Vitamin C proves of much help by aiding the absorption of iron from the food/supplement. Iron is also an essential mineral in the growth and well-being of hair – thus greater Vitamin C can mean more Iron, and better hair and bodily health.
- Helps the Heart
Heart diseases occur as a combined result of various factors ranging from high cholesterol to high blood pressure levels. While Vitamin C may not directly be connected to reducing the risk of cardiovascular diseases, it does prevent its causes. Being water-soluble, it helps relax the walls of blood vessels, thus lowering blood pressure, while also known to reduce Triglyceride (bad) cholesterol levels.
- Improves Skin Health
Due to its highly acidic nature, Vitamin C enhances the production of Collagen and Elastin. These help in keeping the skin tight and plump, reducing the chance of premature ageing. Taking skincare up a notch, Vitamin C also prevents the appearance of dark spots and hyper pigmentation.
- Assists Weight Loss
Vitamin C plays a great role in metabolising fat, while considered to be inversely related to body mass. Thus it is thought that Vitamin C-deficient individuals find it difficult to lose weight, unlike those with high Vitamin C levels.
Now that you are well aware of what this Vitamin holds for you, it is time to stock up on some Vitamin C. Have a Banana Blueberry Smoothie or go for a Broccoli Stir-fry, the possibilities are endless!